The issue over a Doggy Daycare in downtown Melville has been discussed heavily for months now.
One of the reasons for the hesitation of approving the business, is it would be next to a child daycare on Third Avenue, and some question whether that is safe.
Another reason used is the term “Dog run” which to some means leaving dogs outside, unattended, to do what they want.
However Kathy Neilsen, the person pitching the business, says that is a misunderstanding.
“I’ve always had a problem with that term ‘Dog run’, it’s not my term.” said Neilsen “All I’ve done is fenced an area…and it’s for all dogs, like the dogs I’m grooming, (and) for any dogs that may happen to come to the daycare so they can have a break to play outside (or) a break to go to the bathroom outside.”
“Never has it ever been intended to be a place where dogs just left outside to their own devices, barking their heads off – that’s what a ‘Dog run’ implies to me.” She added.
Neilsen addressed council during Monday’s regular meeting, on the issue, for the second time, wanting clarity as to why she keeps being denied.
In response Melville Mayor Walter Streelasky says City Council will set up a date for a public hearing in the near future, at City Hall.
“We want to be fair, we want to be democratic,” Streelasky said, “we want to do this as best we can…we relied on this information and hopefully that’ll be sufficient to move us forward in a democratic way.”
Once the public hearing concludes, it’s also expected council will vote either in favour or against the dog daycare.